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Nazi war crimes researchers to investigate Yazidi genocide

A group of European researchers that documented Nazi war crimes have begun investigations as to whether the massacres of the Yazidi people committed by the Islamic State amount to genocide, reports AFP.

The team from Yahad In Unum, an organisation that documented the Nazi killings of Jews and Roma in the former Soviet areas, was backed by the French foreign ministry and will be conducting investigations in Kurdish refugee camps.

French priest Patrick Desbois, founder of Yahad In Unum, said the "organised and administrative" nature of these crimes "in different places that are far from each other (is) astounding".

"We are not seeking to be sensational but to establish the stages of the criminal process for each category of the Yazidi -- men, women, children -- in order to back up the claim of genocide,"  said team member Andrej Umansky, criminal law specialist at Cologne University.

See more from AFP here.